MNCs’ HRM Strategy and Country of Origin Effect: Do North American, European and Japanese Firms Really Differ?
Based upon the sample of 419 MNCs’ subsidiaries in Korea, we examined the country of origin effect in the choice of MNCs’ HRM strategy: transplantation, localization, and mixed. A multinominal logit regression analysis showed that there is an important country of origin effect in the choice between a localization strategy and a mixed strategy. North American MNCS tended to implement mixed strategy, while Japanese MNCs tended to adopt localization strategy. European MNCs were in the middle. The estimated log odds of choosing a localization strategy over a mixed strategy by Japanese subsidiaries were 1.79 times higher than European subsidiaries and 2.85 times higher than N. American subsidiaries; those by European subsidiaries were 1.59 times higher than N. American subsidiaries. However, the country of origin was not significantly related to the choice between a transplantation strategy and other strategies. We also examined two alternative factors influencing the HRM strategy of foreign subsidiaries: investment strategy and entry strategy. The implications of this and directions for future research are discussed.
Volume (Year): 18 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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